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Disappointed Naomi Osaka supports Olympics delay

[ad_1] Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka says she is disappointed that the Olympics in her native Japan were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but she supports the decision to delay the Summer Games to 2021.In a posting Saturday on social media, she said she's "been thinking about how to articulate my thoughts on this for a couple of days now."The decision to push back the games from July
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Seb Coe says athletes currently qualified for the Olympics will keep their spots

[ad_1] Good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You're in for 2021.Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled Games next year.It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar,
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WNBA to hold televised virtual draft on April 17

[ad_1] 11:16 AM ETMechelle VoepelESPN.com CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.The WNBA will hold its draft on April 17, as originally scheduled, without a gathering of draftees, media or fans because of the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Thursday.Instead, WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the picks live
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Justice Department weighs in on Connecticut suit — Don’t treat trans athletes as girls

[ad_1] HARTFORD, Conn. -- The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports.Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state's high school athletic competitions.The CIAC allows athletes to compete
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The Olympics will go on eventually, but with or without Canadian star Danielle Lawrie-Locke?

[ad_1] 9:18 AM ETGraham HaysESPN.com CloseGraham Hays covers college sports for espnW, including softball and soccer. Hays began with ESPN in 1999.Sunday night wasn't the first time Danielle Lawrie-Locke couldn't keep up with the messages flooding her phone. It happened after the births of daughters Madison and Audrey. It was similar last September after Lawrie-Locke's one-hitter helped Canada qualify for the 2020 Olympics.But there haven't been many moments quite like
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Smaller tours playing through coronavirus outbreak

[ad_1] PHOENIX -- Anna Nordqvist drained a birdie putt on the second playoff hole, pumped her fist and gave a slight wave to the half-dozen people clapping near the green. The tournament title in hand, the two-time major champion turned to playing partner Lisa Pettersson and hesitated.The customary postround hug was out of the question, so the Swedish players touched elbows and walked off the green with a laugh.The major
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USA Track & Field joins swimming in push for Games delay

[ad_1] USA Track & Field is joining USA Swimming in calling for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee to push for a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.In a letter tweeted by the USATF on Saturday, CEO Max Siegel wrote that it would be challenging for athletes to "properly train in a safe and adequate environment" amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic."We acknowledge that there are no perfect answers, and that this
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On top of the world — a climber’s journey to reach the Seven Summits

[ad_1] On Dec. 27, Ilina Arsova was high-stepping through untouched snow en route to the top of the bottom of the world.She was part of the first team to make a summit push at Mount Vinson in Antarctica in weeks. The season's abnormally high snowfall had produced dangerous avalanche conditions that canceled numerous expeditions. But the team got a lucky weather break and embarked toward the peak.Arsova was accustomed to
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French Open postponement shakes up the status quo in tennis

[ad_1] Rafael Nadal may find himself vying for the French Open men's singles title under conditions he has never encountered in his previous 12 victories at Roland Garros: the molten sunshine and chilly afternoons of autumn.That's the plan for now. However, the French Tennis Federation's (FFT) controversial decision to push the second Grand Slam of the year into a fall time slot is fraught with conflicts and problems that could